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Help please? what is the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Heat stroke is a ...: Medical emergency characterized by a core body temp.> 105 degrees. If u suspect someone of having heat stroke call 911. Try to move the person to an air- conditioned area or at least the shade . Ice packs or cooling in cold / water is best while waiting for help.A person suffering from heat stroke may be unconscious and is @ risk for brain injury and organ failure...

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A 47-year-old member asked:

I want to know what is the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion?

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Dr. Amy Levine
Radiology 24 years experience
Severity: Heat stroke is a life threatening condition. Here is a link to an article you may find useful: http://www.Emedicinehealth.Com/heat_exhaustion_and_heat_stroke/article_em.Htm.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between the symptoms for heat stroke and heat exhaustion?

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Dr. Steven Ferguson
General Practice 36 years experience
One go to the other: What is the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion they are on the same track. This often occurs when one starts out behind in their overall body fluid balance. But it could occur if anyone at any time with the right circumstances. Generally one has spent time in the hot sun or in a very hot environment while not keeping up with their water intake. Many times already starting out partially dehydrated. What happens next is a continuum of symptoms. It might start with fatigue, headache, weakness, dizziness, or even fainting. Other symptoms could include nausea and vomiting infusion, excessive thirst, muscle cramping and aching, a slow or weakening heartbeat. The patient may also become drenched in sweat. If the above patient is untreated and the symptoms are unrecognized the progression of the symptoms would go from what's described above (heat exhaustion) to what is known as a heat stroke. So to simply put it a heat stroke would generally be a continuation and worsening of the symptoms described above. By the time a person has a heat stroke they have often gone from profusely sweating to not sweating it all, from a slow and weak heart rate to a very rapid heart rate, from a normal temperature to a very elevated temperature such as 104 -106°F. The patient is generally going to be very confused as they can also be with heat exhaustion. The patient may also have what we refer to as delirium to go along with their confusion and many times though even have a seizure. This is clearly a medical emergency and no time should be wasted in getting that person to the emergency room.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion vs heat stroke?

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Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 58 years experience
Heat stroke: In the latter the heat regulation system is not working and the tempuature shoots up to 105 degrees or higher. Severe neurological symptoms accompany heat stroke and it is a medical emergency.

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